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8-1729. Lights and signals; restrictions; exceptions for certain vehicles including school, church and day care buses. (a) During the times specified in K.S.A. 8-1703, and amendments thereto, any lighted lamp or illuminating device upon a motor vehicle, other than head lamps, spot lamps, auxiliary lamps, flashing turn signals, vehicular hazard warning lamps and school bus warning lamps that projects a beam of light of an intensity greater than 300 candlepower shall be so directed that no part of the high intensity portion of the beam will strike the level of the roadway on which the vehicle stands at a distance of more than 75 feet from the vehicle.

(b) Except as required or permitted in K.S.A. 8-1720 and 8-1730, and amendments thereto, or K.S.A. 8-1762, and amendments thereto, no person shall drive or move any vehicle or equipment upon any highway with any lamp or device capable of displaying a red light visible from directly in front of the center thereof, nor shall any vehicle or equipment upon any highway have any lamp or device displaying any color of light visible from directly in front of the center thereof except white or amber or any shade of color between white and amber.

(c) Flashing lights are prohibited except as authorized or required in K.S.A. 8-1717, 8-1720, 8-1721, 8-1722, 8-1723, 8-1730, 8-1730a and 8-1731, and amendments thereto.

(d) The flashing lights described in K.S.A. 8-1720, 8-1730 and 8-1730a, and amendments thereto, shall not be used on any vehicle other than a school bus, church bus or day care program bus, as defined in K.S.A. 8-1730a, and amendments thereto, or an authorized emergency vehicle.

(e) All lighting devices and reflectors mounted on the rear of any vehicle shall display or reflect a red color, except the stop light or other signal device, which may be red, amber or yellow, and except that the light illuminating the license plate shall be white and the light emitted by a back-up lamp shall be white or amber.

History: L. 1974, ch. 33, § 8-1729; L. 1975, ch. 39, § 24; L. 1978, ch. 40, § 1; L. 1980, ch. 43, § 1; L. 2005, ch. 18, § 3; L. 2019, ch. 61, § 2; July 1.

Source or prior law:

8-597, 8-584a.

Attorney General's Opinions:

Use of blue flashing lights on authorized emergency equipment. 83-176.

K.S.A. 8-1729 provides that vehicles may not display any color other than white or amber directly in front of center of vehicle, in some instances may prohibit "ground effect" or "auto neon" lights. 2003-6.


1. Misdemeanor conviction for illegally displaying flashing emergency lights set aside since infraction was traffic offense. State v. Daniels, 12 Kan. App. 2d 479, 480, 753 P.2d 300 (1987).

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